Council OKs bonds to help build private school site

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event “I see nothing wrong with us helping an educational institution, particularly when one of the things we hear from companies all the time is the need for more quality educational facilities,” Smith said. Sierra Canyon officials said they expect to issue about $25 million in bonds to complete the purchase of land for its elementary school and refinance some of its operations, said Sanje Ratnavale, associate head of the school. “That’s our plan for right now,” Ratnavale said. “We don’t expect to use the full $50 million at this point.” Sierra Canyon is a nationally recognized private school, with annual tuition ranging from $12,000 to $15,575. It opened in 1977 as an elementary school and has expanded over the years to include middle and high school classes. The school’s expansion caused a rift last year with the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, which had concerns about traffic and parking near its temporary high school site. Last October, a slate of candidates backed by Sierra Canyon was elected to the neighborhood council. The Los Angeles City Council agreed Friday to use its credit to issue up to $50 million in bonds for a private school in Chatsworth, which wants to expand to a second site. The 12-0 vote will benefit Sierra Canyon School, which has ambitious plans to build a 30,000-square foot high school to accommodate up to 550 more students. “This won’t cost the city anything,” said Councilman Greig Smith, who represents the area. “The school is assuming full liability. They are just using the city’s credit rating to pay a lower interest on the bonds. “This is something we have done for other schools, public and private, and businesses as well to keep them in the city. “Even without that, I think there would be support for the school,” Smith said. “It’s an excellent institution and a good neighbor.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Politicians, journalists, editors – we are all custodians of democracy’ – Ramaphosa

first_imgRead the full text of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s opening remarks at the 2015 indaba between the government and the South African National Editors’ Forum in Pretoria on Saturday 21 November.Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with members of the South African National Editors’ Forum at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Saturday 21 November. (Image: The Presidency)Colleagues and compatriots, thank you all for being here today.We are hopeful that this engagement – which is long overdue – will enable a frank and robust discussion on the challenges and opportunities that shape our country and drive our public discourse.During these engagements, we are permitted to ask penetrating and difficult questions of ourselves and each other.As government, we strive to establish constructive partnerships with stakeholders across all sectors of our society.Such partnerships underpinned by dialogue and the joint actions that result from them, help us to move forward.These partnerships help to ensure that our nation is motivated by shared values, a common understanding of the challenges we face and a collective appreciation of the transformation that is underway in our society.As members of the executive and as representatives of the media, we each have assigned roles in society.We each have important functions to perform and are, in different ways, accountable to the South African public for the way we perform these functions.We therefore share a common responsibility.We are, all of us, custodians of the promise of 1994.We are all custodians of the aspirations of the millions of South Africans who have struggled, suffered and sacrificed to be free.Each of us – politicians, journalists, editors – are custodians of our democracy, of development, of justice and equality.We all therefore have a profound and abiding interest in the progress we are making towards the realisation of that promise of 1994.We are and should be encouraged by every accomplishment.We are and should be concerned about every setback.I hope that in our discussions today we can remain mindful of this shared responsibility.Colleagues,The relationship between government and the media in any democracy is underpinned and marked by healthy tensions.Since we first met in this forum many years ago our relationship has improved and become more constructive.These engagements, I am told, have always been forthright and robust.From government’s perspective, our approach to our engagement is grounded in our commitment to a free and thriving media.We hold the view that the media is critical in informing citizens about the work of government and educating them about their rights and responsibilities.To be successful as a country and nurture a functioning democracy we need to partner with the Fourth Estate so that it can empower citizens.South Africans expect the media to scrutinise the actions and policies of government.They expect to know what government is doing, and what government is not doing.But more than that, they want to be part of that engagement.With the emergence of new media platforms, citizens are increasingly able to shape public discourse. They are also able to be active public discourse participants and indeed activists arising from these new media platforms.They are able to ask difficult questions. They are able to offer solutions and actively promote their interests.Even in the age of citizen journalism and social media, the formal news media remains an institution entrusted with the task of informing, explaining, interpreting and making sense of the complexity of current affairs and modern life.The formal traditional media continues to enjoy access to our legislatures, various institutions, courtrooms and boardrooms to report and offer commentary.It is able to engage with institutions – both public and private – in a direct and meaningful way.As government, we appreciate the role that the formal news media plays and have been working to improve our ability to facilitate that role.Early in the term of this administration, President Jacob Zuma established an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Information and Publicity, chaired by Minister Jeff Radebe.This committee seeks to improve government’s communications operations and to build stronger relations with the media.The Presidency will soon launch the Presidential Media and Communication Working Group, which will bring government into contact with media proprietors and sectoral experts.This will enable government to develop an understanding of developments and challenges in this important economic sector.We have also undertaken to establish a Presidential Press Corps, which will comprise journalists who cover the Presidency.This is intended to improve the quality and depth of the Presidency’s and therefore government’s interaction with the media.It will also create a formal channel of communication between the Presidency and journalists covering the institution.We see an important role for Sanef in the implementation of this new arrangement.We hope that this engagement will identify other areas where we can improve engagement and cooperation.Colleagues,The free flow of information among all South Africans is vital to securing the social cohesion, collective focus and coherent action needed to advance our national developmental objectives.Our engagement today should therefore explore how we can use our respective platforms to realise the promise of 1994.This government has a mandate to address poverty, unemployment and inequality.The government’s policies carry the overwhelming endorsement of the electorate.In successive elections, they have voted for development, transformation and redress.They have endorsed the National Development Plan and look to government to lead in its implementation.They have correctly identified economic transformation as the central task of the moment.This is a task that falls to all of us, for it is through the radical transformation of the economy that we will build a united, prosperous nation.By creating jobs, we will improve livelihoods.By developing skills, we will grow the economy.By ending poverty, we will reduce inequality and build social cohesion.We need a national effort to grow an inclusive economy.An effort in which all stakeholders will revisit longstanding attitudes and assumptions about each other, so that our factories, office blocks, spaza shops, stock market and home offices can become centres of growth and transformation.We undertake this effort under challenging domestic and international circumstances.Growth is faltering amid a slowdown in global demand and a dramatic decline in commodity prices.The systemic challenges in our economy – principally, the skills deficit and high unemployment rate – are aggravated by energy constraints, low levels of domestic savings, and increased pressure on public finances.Government is investing significantly in economic infrastructure, expanding energy and water supply, improving transport and logistics capabilities, and installing broadband across the country.Even in difficult economic conditions, we are sustaining our investment in schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and clinics.We are sustaining spending on social grants, housing, textbooks, antiretrovirals and the many other social interventions needed to tackle poverty and promote development.We are committed to act decisively against those who abuse or neglect public resources as we tackle poor administration and inefficiencyGovernment is constantly facilitating interaction between South African businesses and their counterparts abroad.Our government-to-government relations are these days invariably accompanied by business-to-business engagement.We do this because we want South African businesses to succeed at home and abroad, and we want to ensure that South Africans enjoy the practical benefits of our extensive interaction with the world.Colleagues,Social partnership is critical to the success of these endeavours.No government anywhere in the world could achieve these goals alone.We therefore continue to promote cooperation and collaboration, whether it be in the higher education space, in health care or in the labour market.As an example, we are currently engaged in a dialogue with our social partners in Nedlac on the introduction of a national minimum wage.These discussions are at an advanced stage, with agreement having been reached on key principles and mechanisms.As this process nears its conclusion, we are having to confront challenging and difficult questions about the level at which the minimum wage should be set and the process by which that determination should be made.In many ways, we are entering a phase of engagement not unlike the negotiations that led to the adoption of our democratic Constitution.There are still areas of difference.There are still competing interests that need to be accommodated.And yet, there is a shared determination to find a solution that advances our efforts to both grow the economy and improve the lives of workers which will lead to lower levels of inequality.There is a commitment to find common ground.By crafting a meaningful a national minimum wage we have an opportunity to address income inequality. We also have an opportunity to stabilise our labour environment, and, above all, to advance our national interest.There are many other areas where we are working together with our social partners to address common challenges.We look to the media not only to report on these efforts, but to engage with them, to critique them, to analyse them, even to embrace them.We look to the media to be a critical part of transformation and development.We look to the media as committed and meaningful social partners.Together, we are custodians of democracy, of development, of justice and equality.Together, we are the custodians of the promise of freedom and transformation.last_img read more

100 Coloured Thin Hair Elastics IN8710 : Great elastics for finishing of a plait

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Google Asks Manufacturers to Hold Off on Google TV Debut at CES

first_imgTags:#Google#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market It looks like there’s been an interruption in Google’s regularly scheduled programming. The company has asked three separate television makers to hold off on their Google TV debuts at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month after receiving a round of lukewarm reviews.Already, both Sony and Logitech have released Internet-enabled TVs and Google TV devices, but Google has asked other companies to hold off until it can “refine the software”, reports The New York Times. According to the Times, “Google has asked the TV makers to delay their introductions, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception. The late request caught some of the manufacturers off guard.”Google just released one such refinement last week, introducing a voice-controlled Android remote app, enhanced controls over split screen viewing and refined movie searches. The biggest feature of last week’s update, however, was a Netflix app that was actually worth using. No longer do Google TV users need to use a separate device to choose content to view on their Google TV. It’s problems like this that left many early users complaining that Google TV wasn’t ready for prime time and it seems that Google has heard that message.An unusable Netflix app, however, is just the beginning. As Janko Roettgers points out at GigaOm, Google TV is missing several features that would make it a whole, usable product, such as apps. It also needs to differentiate itself and embrace the idea that it is indeed a cord-cutting device and not just a tool for users to enhance pay TV service. (Currently, Google TV only works with Dish Network, further limiting its attractiveness to potential users.)According to the Times, “TV makers have been asked to hold off on releasing products until Google completes the new version of its software, adding features like an application store,” which means we aren’t likely to see more Google TV devices until some time in early 2011.last_img read more

Is WebOS Just Helping Microsoft Build a Better Version of Windows?

first_imgRelated Posts klint finley Last week Hewlett-Packardannounced it will be brining WebOS to PCs. In an interivew with the Seattle Times, HP CTO of Personal Systems Phil McKinney says that HP isn’t ditching Windows, but will integrate WebOS with Windows. “It will be a combination of taking the existing operating systems and bringing WebOS onto those platforms and making it universal across all of our footprint,” McKinney said. “It’s not virtualization. It’s an integrated WebOS experience we’re looking to bring.”On the subject of WebOS in the enterprise McKinnley said:The key is what we see as the consumerization of IT. Look at how many technologies going into the enterprise are really decided by the consumer. I go out and buy a consumer phone, bring it into the workplace and say, ‘I want my e-mail on this consumer phone,’ right? I buy a pad, I bring a pad in.What you’re seeing is this collapse — this lack of differentiation — that’s going to happen between what is a consumer technology and what is an enterprise technology. What the enterprises really want is manageability, security. There’s an entire WebOS roadmap to build in all of the security models so not only is it a great consumer device. But it will be the best and most friendly enterprise device that allows the enterprises to manage it, control it, secure the piece of information that’s important to the enterprise, but all in one device experience.Bob Warfield likens this to New Wave, a graphical desktop environment introduced by HP in 1989. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise#mobile It’s probably a little too early to draw comparisons between WebOS and New Wave, without seeing exactly how WebOS will integrate with Windows. But Warfield isn’t optimistic. “The little things it adds that have been demoed so far are all obvious things Microsoft should be building into Windows and in fact will have to build if they want to make their Nokia partnership perform as it should,” Warfield writes.What sorts of things? Warfield elaborates in another post. He thinks Nokia and Microsoft need to focus on doing a better job at serving Windows users than Android and iOS. “HP is showing some fascinating new developments,” he writes. “For example, the ability to see your phone’s instant messages on your PC without having to go get the phone in the next room. That’s the kind of stuff Nokia-Microsoft should be doing for Windows.”Warfield sees HP basically in competition with Nokia/Microsoft for third place after Android and iOS. I would add RIM to the competition for that spot as well. Which means the enterprise security angle McKinney mentioned will be important in this power struggle.Warfield thinks HP is giving Microsoft a big advantage here, just as the company did when it introduced New Wave. “It introduced some cool stuff that Redmond promptly scooped up and marginalized through various releases of their own,” he writes. “Their [Microsoft’s] engine is not particularly innovative, but if someone else can show them what to do that’s in a format not too far removed from what they’re familiar with they will grind that stuff out like nobody else.”What do you think? Is HP just helping Microsoft build a better version of Windows? Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

How AI Can Cut Costs and Help You Keep Your Competitive Edge

first_imgThe conversation around artificial intelligence tends to focus on how it can make companies more efficient and productive. And that stands to reason — implemented effectively, such automation really does lead to greater output in less time at a lower cost.Of course, AI customized for your business doesn’t grow on trees. One software development firm, for instance, estimates that a simple chatbot could cost between $6,000 to $12,240, while a more complex bot’s price tag could be closer to six figures. But even with AI’s short-term costs, the tech could be a worthwhile investment that lowers your business’s long-term expenditures.As marketplaces become more crowded and competitive, companies will need to look for every advantage to remain relevant and appealing. AI plays a big part in that, cementing a company’s reputation as an innovator in the process. Here are four ways you can use AI to cut costs for your business:Use Automation to Improve Efficiency and Reduce ErrorsErrors aren’t just disruptive; they’re wasteful. In healthcare, for example, unnecessary tests and procedures cost U.S. consumers an astounding $210 billion a year. Part of the problem is that each patient is likely receiving medical treatment from multiple service providers, making it difficult to effectively organize a treatment schedule. AI, however, can spot duplicate procedures in the scheduling process and reduce scheduling errors as well.CHRISTUS Health, for instance, worked with Experian Health to automate up to 80 percent of its preregistration-related tasks, such as inputting new patients’ health history. As a result, productivity increased by 60 percent while errors plummeted. Staffers reallocated the time that was being spent on menial tasks to helping out with more important needs. Increasing efficiency and decreasing errors benefits both patients and providers.Improve Your Production Output With Stronger WorkflowsThe cumulative effects of inefficiency can cause end-to-end production processes to lag and accrue extra costs. Automating workflows ensures that they run automatically, consistently, and with less oversight. AI can replace human inputs while helping to manage the inputs humans still make, improving every aspect of production in the process.For example, a major paper packaging manufacturer was looking to reduce its scrap rate, so it implemented Sight Machine’s sensor-enabled, AI-driven application suite to track the production process in depth. This enabled the company to monitor every instance when a machine came into contact with paper and analyze the resulting production data in real time, eliminating many inefficiencies and QA issues in the process.Free Up Your Employees’ Time for Higher-Level TasksPeople are your biggest asset, so save their valuable time by automating some of their menial duties. For example, Botkeeper uses human-assisted AI to handle bill paying, accounts receivable, financial reporting, and myriad other accounting tasks. To date, the solution has automated more than 1,200,000 hours of bookkeeping for its 1,000 clients. With the time saved, companies can either reduce the number of accountants they employ or repurpose the existing ones to work on more strategic accounting efforts.Once AI has time- and labor-intensive processes running on autopilot, remaining employees can redirect their focus to more important things. By one estimate, employees who saved 240 hours due to automation return $9,240 in value to their employers. The numbers are even higher when it’s executives’ time that’s being repurposed.  Automate the Sticking Points of Customer ServiceAutomation in the form of chatbots and digital assistants leads to better customer service overall because customers can reach these AI helpers 24/7. This technology is so beneficial for all involved that Gartner predicts that 85 percent of customer service interactions will take place between humans and AI by 2020.That prediction’s believable when you consider an example like Autodesk Virtual Assistant. AVA is able to handle 30,000 interactions a month, speeding up response times from 1.5 days to 5 minutes. Call centers are quickly becoming obsolete as automation learns to answer the same queries as human representatives in less time. In turn, companies can offer customers superior service.AI can optimize companies’ operations in ways that both improve their bottom line and enhance the customer experience. AI-driven automation is an advantage now, but moving forward, companies will consider it a critical asset for remaining competitive. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#business expenses#chatbot#cost reduction#customer service#operations#productivity Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at last_img read more

Govt. holds another round of talks with NSCN-IM; separate flag, constitution sticking point

first_imgThe Centre on Monday held another round of talks with the NSCN-IM, the major insurgency group in Nagaland, aiming to hammer out differences, particularly on the outfit’s demand for a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas, and inch closer to a solution to the seven decades old problem, officials said.A team of the NSCN-IM, led by its general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, and Centre’s interlocutor and Nagaland Governor R N Ravi discussed here the possible ways to find an “honourable” solution by resolving the sticky issue of a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas.As talks were progressing with the NSCN-IM, a grouping of seven Naga outfits which is pushing for an early solution to the Naga issue has urged elected representatives to avoid a “neutral stand” and make clear their position.The issue of a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas has become the main bone of contention between the two sides with the NSCN-IM strongly pressing for it.“The dialogue, which lasted for more than four hours, remained inconclusive and both sides agreed to meet again soon. However, a final agreement between the NSCN-IM and the government is unlikely to take place by October 31,” an official privy to the development said.Mr. Ravi, in a statement, had said last week that a mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement, including all the substantive issues and competencies, is ready for signing the final agreement.“Unfortunately at this auspicious juncture, the NSCN-IM has adopted a procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and Constitution on which they are fully aware of the government of India’s position,” he had said.Mr. Ravi’s statement bears significance in view of the central government’s August 5 announcement abrogating the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. With the annulment of the special status, the separate flag and the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir cease to exist.The interlocutor said the NSCN-IM has “mischievously” dragged in the framework agreement and began imputing imaginary contents to it.The framework agreement was signed on August 3, 2015 by NSCN-IM’s Muivah and interlocutor Mr. Ravi in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The framework agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations spanning 18 years, with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency in Nagaland which started soon after India’s independence in 1947.The central government has already rejected the NSCN-IM’s demand for unification of Naga inhabited areas — located in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The three Northeastern states also vehemently opposed it.Noting that the the Centre was keen on finding a solution, the grouping of seven organisations called Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) made the appeal to the elected representatives in a statement released by its media cell on Sunday night. The NNPG has been holding separate talks with the Centre since 2017.In the statement, the NNPG asserted that the elected representatives of Nagaland should not be maintaining a neutral stand on the matter, now that the government was keen on finding a solution.“Unresolved matters should be decided through political and democratic process…. The position and status of elected representatives of Nagaland cannot remain lukewarm. They cannot choose to hide behind the boulders blocking the way,” it said.The Centre had set a deadline for conclusion of peace talks in the wake of the Naga society’s demand for an early solution to the six-decade-old issue, the statement said.“It is time for political parties in Nagaland to clear their stand in the interest of the Naga people…. If the political parties of Nagaland fail in their constitutional duties and obligations, they should resign and allow the Election Commission of India to derecognise the parties,” the NNPG said.The interlocutor, Mr. Ravi is expected to hold dialogue with the NNPG in the coming days too.last_img read more